10 September – 26 November 2017
Organized by Fondazione Berengo
Curated by Jean Blanchaert, Noah Khoshbin
The Berengo Foundation (Fondazione Berengo) has two main aims. The first is to revitalize and re-energize the glass industry in Murano so that it can take its place, once more, as the world-renowned centre of the glass industry and be able to attract new communities to contribute to its economic success and financial security. The second aim of the foundation is to educate those who are already interested in the art of glass-making, inspire those who are looking for a new medium for their work, and re-establish glass making as a skill and craft of the highest significance. A critically important aspect of the work of the foundation is to position glass making on an international stage by continuing the highly acclaimed GLASSTRESS series of exhibitions. Fondazione Berengo also provides educational opportunities by offering, in collaboration with art schools and other institutions, a residency program for glass artists, and an internship program for students so they may explore their artistic ideas in a traditional glass furnace. Through this program, students have the opportunity to work in one of the most prolific glass making centres in the world, learning the skill and craft of glass making from masters in the trade. The foundation also provides work placements, short courses and summer schools, organizes international symposia and conferences, promotes research and funding opportunities and celebrates the work of glass innovation in international exhibitions. The foundation also sponsors an internship program for students with backgrounds in art-related disciplines, for example, the visual arts, architecture, philosophy, art history and management. Students applying for an internship should be committed to working towards a qualification in arts management and may work on a range of different tasks: catalogue and brochure design, website development, exhibition and installation. In addition, interns will assist artists in the development and realisation of their work, assist in research projects and generally organise and coordinate different aspects of the gallery.
Since 2009, Glasstress, an exhibition of contemporary art and glass, has been an official collateral event of the Venice biennale of art and has inspired artists and designers from around the world to work in glass in the furnaces of Murano. Glasstress is also the inspiration for music. Max Casacci, the well-known producer, composer and founder of Subsonica and Daniele Mana, a musician and producer also known as Vaghe Stelle, recorded the sounds and the melodies of glass being made and broken in the furnaces of Berengo Studio on Murano. No rhythmic pre-sets or drums were added, neither acoustic nor electronic. All the rhythmic sounds are purely glass and the album is fittingly called Glasstress.